(Post approval and Special Programmes)
Intercountry Adoption

Salary:  Starting from £36,000 per annum
Hours:  35 hours per week (full time)
Location: Barnet, North London
Closing date for application:  8th May 2017
Interview date: 15th May 2017

IAC – The Centre for Adoption is currently looking to recruit senior practitioner to join its well established post approval team, in Barnet, North London.   This is a unique position in adoption practice, working within an Agency whose mission is to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, whatever their origins.  The Agency works with families adopting from a wide of countries, and also delivers Special Programmes, including the China Special Needs Adoption Programme, as well as programmes in India, Bulgaria, South Africa, the Philippines and Kazakhstan. 

IAC is seeking to recruit a Senior Practitioner to support prospective adopters during the waiting period, and then through matching and placement, as well as a continuing involvement with some families post adoption.   The post holder would also be expected to assist prospective adopters joining any of the IAC Special Programmes, which would include families approved both by IAC and also by other adoption agencies.   

Candidates must be child-focused professionals who are able to be flexible in meeting adopters support needs and the needs of the Agency.  You will need to have an interest in working with families who have chosen to establish or extend their families through intercountry adoption, and a commitment to offering a high quality service to these families and their adopted children.  
Your role will require working in partnership with Local Authorities, Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Central Authorities and other adoption professionals in England and in other countries.  Written or verbal competency in languages other than English, particularly Indian languages or Russian would be an advantage, but are not essential. 

In addition to adoption experience applicants interested in working for IAC – The Centre for Adoption should also have the following credentials:

  • A social work qualification
  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Commitment to equal access and equal opportunities
  • Prior experience of professional report writing
  • Willingness to travel

For details of job description and person specification, and to request an application form, please contact Tanya Gutter, Adoption Manager (Post Approval) by email: or by phone on 0208 448 2562


Adoption Support co-ordinator - Intercountry adoption
3 days per week (limited contract)
Salary:  £35,000
Closing date for applications:  Friday 21st April 2017
Interview date:  t.b.c.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join an innovative new project at IAC - The Centre for Adoption.

Under the Department for Education Regional Adoption Agencies Programme IAC has been awarded a grant to develop and deliver a national framework for intercountry adoption across England and Wales through the formation of an intercountry adoption regional adoption agency in collaboration with Voluntary Adoption Agencies across England and Wales with experience in and interest of intercountry adoption.

As part of the development IAC, as the lead agency, is seeking to appoint an Adoption Support Co-ordinator. This is a key role with the ICA RAA whose aim will be to work closely with the lead agency and with other adoption support providers to scope and develop support services across England and Wales for intercountry adoptive families and children.
The role is part time, 3 days per week, and will be based in Barnet, North London, but with travel around England anticipated. Initially this is a time-limited contract to 31 March 2018.

The ideal candidate for the role would:

• Have a minimum of 3 year’s senior practitioner experience within their organisation;
• Have experience of working in the field of adoption support and  of intercountry adoption;
• Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and experience of developing training programmes;
• Want to work as part of a team in an innovative and creative way;
• Be committed to developing high standards of practice for children and families.

For further information and an informal discussion please contact Jan Way, Development Manager:

Sessional social workers: London and surrounding counties
Salary: Competitive
Closing date for applications: Ongoing

IAC – The Centre for Adoption is currently looking to recruit experienced freelance social workers able to take work in the above locations assessing applicants applying to adopt children from overseas countries. Applicants must be self-motivated, able to work to deadlines and be flexible in meeting the needs of the applicants and the agency. Substantial experience in adoption work is essential. Experience of intercountry adoption assessment is desirable but not essential as training will be given.

In addition to adoption experience applicants interested in working for IAC – The Centre for Adoption should also have the following credentials:

• A Social Work Qualification
• Prior experience of professional report writing
• Must be registered with the HCPC
• Have access to own transport with a willingness to travel

Please send CV’s by email to, after which you may be invited for interview.


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